The Last of us

ARTIST

MARÍA PAZ BASCUÑÁN

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Born in Santiago de Chile.  She studied Visual Art  and also obtain the Bachelor´s degree in Education at the Finis Terrae University, Santiago, Chile. She made a postgraduate program in Contemporary Applied Arts at Escola Massana in Barcelona, Spain, and a Residency in Painting and Mixed media at School Of Visual Arts, SVA, in New York City.

She is related in projects such as Art, Education and Design.

She was selected to participate at the theme exhibition of the 7th Beijing International Art Biennale, China 2017.

She has participated in different collective exhibitions and three solo projects. Her first individual exhibition during the year after receiving her title. She is currently preparing her 4th solo exhibition in September at Krank Gallery Istanbul, Turkey.

During years 2008 through 2012 she was assigned Assistant  Professor of Workshop I and II and as a Professor of Representation II during 2011 and 2012 at the School of Designs of Finis Terrae University. She did the preliminary Museology Design project of Paredones Museum, 7th Region, Chile and during three years she carried out special Art programs for at-risk youth through her collaboration with Plataforma Neta, an organization dedicated to the sustainable development in the areas of society, community, economics and environment.

No culture is unitary or homogeneous, all identity is fragmentary and is made up of pieces that are weaving together to form a whole that never remains fixed. Cultures are also collages, a constant mixture that always becomes on something new.

Collective identities are complex constructions where diverse elements interweave; tapestries of multiple threads, dynamic creations in permanent movement.  These identities merge and diverge constantly, at times happily, other times painfully. It is from this point that the hope based on respect for diversity emerges; a world where the “other” ceases to be something strange, foreign and menacing, morphing itself into something fascinating and accepted.

Based on this idea I support my recents work. I use elements with an identity that we believe to be stable and well-known, but we see how they adopt new meanings representing the diverse and different.

In the fabrics that I am unweaving I investigate the act of doing and undoing as a metaphor of our own cultural trajectory and this as a symptom of our existential trajectory. In turn, this act of doing and undoing leads me to the iconographic stereotype of Penelope and her refusal to cut the final thread or finish the work. The progression of tissue is the same progression of time.

I reflect from art the nature, its plots, compositions and interlaced, in addition to using as a production resource its extracts, natural dyes and the fibers it offers us to create new information panels.To unweave, to undo what has been done in this sense, is to establish the attempt to remember and return to an original and complete state of things, the denial of time and its destruction, paradoxical as it may seem, the attempt to restore the cosmic order.